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February 14, 2002

The Body Launches Major New Feature Section on HIV+ Women

"Features at The Body: Women & HIV," the maiden voyage of The Body's outstanding new features area, has launched! This comprehensive, in-depth look at HIV/AIDS among U.S. women includes interviews with top AIDS specialists treating women, moving profiles of positive women, important resources and an online museum featuring the artworks of Visual AIDS' female members. Throughout the year we will publish new feature sections, each focusing on an important issue in HIV/AIDS. Check it out!

The Body Covers Retrovirus 2002

Once again The Body is pleased to provide extensive coverage of the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, which will take place from Feb. 24-28 in Seattle. We're proud to have 11 of the top HIV specialists covering this important conference. Look forward to next-day coverage!

Black Churches and HIV Prevention

"Even with all the publicity, there are women who don't believe HIV is prevalent in the black community." It wasn't the kind of language often heard in church -- and, according to organizers of the conference on HIV/AIDS in the black community, that was exactly the point. Read more, in this news update.

Top 25 Tips for the Newly Infected

"If your viral load tops 100,000, avoid nelfinavir or abacavir as the anchor drug in your regimen." The Center for AIDS lists the top 25 things you need to know if you've been infected with HIV.

Get the HIV Care You Need

If you -- or anyone you know -- is HIV positive or at risk, you have the right to receive the very best in care. The CDC has issued revised guidelines for lawmakers and providers of HIV-related services, urging them to do all they can to provide HIV testing, counseling and referral services to patients -- especially pregnant women.

Interleukin-10: Friend or Foe?

Interleukin-10 (code name: IL-10) is one of those mysterious chemicals that seem to grow in number as a person's CD4+ count drops. Does this mean IL-10 hurts the body's ability to fight off HIV -- or does it mean IL-10 tries to help? AIDS Community Research Initiative says research thus far shows mixed results.

Latest News on Structured Treatment Interruption

The hype surrounding structured treatment interruption (STI) has cooled a bit, but plenty of researchers are still out there plugging away -- and finding both good and not-so-good results. AIDS Community Research Initiative tells us about recent STI findings for those with acute HIV infection and those with chronic HIV infection.

Battling HIV on the Mental Front

Whether your viral load is low or high, whether you're on no medications or 20 pills a day, self-empowerment is key to winning the fight against HIV. Body Positive takes a closer look at fighting depression, building courage, and not allowing HIV to rule your life.

Through Poetry, Taking Control of HIV

"I own my triumphs and my successes and I own the responsibility for all my failures and my mistakes. I alone own what becomes of me, I alone accept the responsibility for me being HIV/AIDS." Body Positive presents the poetic prose of David Kearney's "I Own All of Me."

How HAART Works Its Mojo

An informative, close-up look at how HAART helps restore the immune system, from AIDS Community Research Initiative.

Warning Flag on Efavirenz in Women of Child-Bearing Age

A report from Italian doctors may well be the first case of a birth defect in a fetus accidentally exposed to efavirenz. It does not prove that efavirenz caused this type of birth defect, called a neural tube defect. The report does, however, underscore the need to openly discuss the drug's potential risks and benefits with female patients who may become pregnant.

The Latest From the HIV-Positive Art World

Browse through the latest issue of Visual AIDS' Art Plus Newsletter. Get the schedule for upcoming exhibits of artists with HIV in your area, as well as a list of art grants and other opportunities.

Minorities, Women Needed for New Studies

Two major nationwide studies on HIV infection are seeking minorities and women -- both HIV positive and negative. If you're interested and live in or near one of several major cities -- including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles -- read on for more information from AIDS Project Los Angeles.

U.S. Unveils 2003 HIV-Fighting Plan

2002 is now in its second month, which for the U.S. government means it's time to start planning for 2003. STEP Ezine zooms in on the National Institutes of Health's 2003 plan for HIV-related research, which will focus among other things on greater involvement with minority research centers.

Viagra Users: Avoid Grapefruit Juice

A subtle warning to citrus lovers with erectile dysfunction: Taking Viagra with a glass of grapefruit juice, researchers say, "may result in disappointment." Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange has the details.

Web Highlights
A Selection of the Top HIV/AIDS Stories From Across the Internet

Hope for the Living Dead
As opposition to South Africa's AIDS policy grows, campaigners are taking matters into their own hands.
From Time magazine (February 18, 2002)

Untreated Gonococcal and Chlamydial Infection in a Probability Sample of Adults
Sexually transmitted infections appear drastically underreported.
From Journal of the American Medical Association (February 13, 2002)

Hepatotoxicity Development During Antiretroviral Therapy Containing Protease Inhibitors in Patients With HIV
From Journal of AIDS (February 8, 2002)

Mycobacterium Avium Complex and Atypical Mycobacterial Infections in the Setting of HIV Infection
From HIV InSite Knowledge Base Chapter (February 2002)

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